Bertrand Stehelin Gigondas 2016
GIGONDAS (gee-gone-daz)! What’s more fun than saying it? DRINKING it! 90-92 POINTS -- fantastic price, and one of the finest vintages in the region in many moons! Our second vintage with this amazingly cool producer (the 2015 sold out in record time). Probably a notch better than the ‘15!
Mont-Thabor is one of our (and yours, based on the dozens of emails we get asking for more) all-time FAVE Chateauneuf-du-Pape producers, but GUESS WHAT? A branch of the family owns a tiny property in Gigondas and the wines are just as spectacular. We are talking PURPLE! Deep color, deep flavors of raspberry, orange peel, orange pekoe tea, black cherry, cigar box spices and smoky wood, with a surprisingly sexy, silky mouthfeel with fine tannin that reminds you this is serious stuff (just not at a serious price, today!). Delicious, complex and shows different sides every time you take a sip. LOVE IT. This will age, too, if you can keep your hands off it for a few years, but honestly we doubt it once you get a bottle open and taste it yourself…while it lasts! Just landed direct from France! Woo hoo!
(This producer is starting to catch on...highly recommend snagging it while it’s still catchable!)
Technical DetailsCountry: France
Blend: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
Varietal: Rhone Blend
Vineyard: From east-west facing clay-limestone soils
Winemaker: Bertrand Stehelin
Aging/Cooperage: 50% concrete vat, 50% large barrel & used 600-litre oak cask raised 12-15 months
About The Producer
In the 1400s, the Stehelins were a band of Swiss Mercenaries called into battle for hire in various wars, with “Stehe” meaning “holding” and “Lin” meaning “weapon” in old Swiss. It wasn’t until 1620 that Bertrand Stehelin’s ancestors (Leydier) showed the first signs of owning land and making wine at Paillère et Pied-Gu in Gigondas. In 1840, Fritz Stehelin left Switzerland to buy Château Mont-Thabor in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Bertrand’s uncle, Frèdèric, runs the winery today.Directly following their marriage in 1979, Bertrand’s parents produced their first vintage together at Domaine Paillère et Pied-Gu. Bertrand’s legacy didn’t begin until 2004 when, at 24, produced his first vintage under his own label from 4 hectares in Gigondas. He also owned vines in Sablet and rented 1 hectare from his uncle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Caroline Stehelin, Bertrand’s younger sister, joined her brother at the domaine in 2012.
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